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Allentown man stole car parts worth over $10,000

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 24 2013 02:33:54 PM CDT
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PALMER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

An Allentown man was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in car parts from a warehouse in Northampton County on two separate occasions this month.

Billy Ray Sneed was taken into custody Wednesday at his apartment at 337 South West St., Allentown, in connection with break-ins and thefts on Oct. 5 and last Saturday at the Neovia Logistics distribution warehouse at 2251 Newlins Mill Road, Palmer Township.

Parts for Land and Range Rovers are stored in the warehouse.

The warehouse manager first called police Monday, when he became aware that the warehouse had been burglarized between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. last Saturday.

After finding three boxes of car parts inside a large trash can, warehouse officials reviewed surveillance tapes and saw a man wearing gloves, a red hoodie and dark pants enter the building through a loading dock garage door, fill two garbage cans with boxes and then leave.

The three boxes discovered by warehouse officials were apparently left behind or forgotten by the burglar.

The warehouse manager told police that 15 boxes of various Land Rover parts worth $10,467.63 were missing, and that they were being peddled on Ebay by a seller called "bdaddy40".

Police determined "bdaddy40" is Pawn America Inc., 923 Hamilton St., Allentown, and on Tuesday, they spoke with manager Raymond Delo, who told them he bought 10 items from Sneed last Saturday and another on Monday, officials said.

Police also recovered five boxes of Land Rover air bags Sneed had stolen and sold to Pawn America on Oct. 5, officials added.

After he was arrested, Sneed admitted to last Saturday's burglary and theft and told police he climbed under a fence to get to the loading dock area of the warehouse and that a warehouse employee left a garage bay door unlocked so he could get into the building.

Sneed, 30, was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 1.